RWC2019: Day 15 Update

Antoine Dupont

New Zealand 71-9 Namibia
There was an heroic defensive performance from Namibia in the first half, as they gave everything to keep the All Blacks at bay, cheered on by the crowd in Tokyo.

It was only a matter of time really before the dam broke, with New Zealand running in 11 tries to win by 62 points. Ben Smith, Sevu Reece and Anton Lienert-Brown all scored a brace each, although the highlight was TG Perenara’s score near the end with some sublime handling.

Here are the highlights:

France 23-21 Tonga
This looked like a familiar story as France stretched out to a 17-0 lead in the first half, but a Tongan try on the stroke of half-time gave them some hope at the break.

They scored the first try of the second half, and held France tryless for the rest of the match, but there was no bonus point and they were given an almighty fright when Tonga scored with a minute to go to narrow the gap to just 2 points. There was no real danger of another score in the final play, but there was palpable relief when the ball was kicked off the field.

On this form, England should really beat France on Saturday, win the group and face Australia in the quarter-finals, with a potential semi-final clash with the All Blacks if they come through that test.

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South Africa v Canada
Damian Willemse is straight into the lineup at full-back, having been called up to replace the injured Jesse Kriel, and this could be just his sort of match. The Springboks have picked a very mobile pack, with Elton Jantjies at fly-half and lots of pace out wide as usual, and I suspect they intend to play a fast game and they should run up a big score.

The defence is unlikely to be too heavily tested against a Canada team that has scored just 7 points so far, against Italy in their opening match, and this will be another bonus-point win for the Springboks.

I’ve picked South Africa by 68 on Superbru and I’ve taken SA -50 with the bookies.

4 thoughts on “RWC2019: Day 15 Update

  1. ‘On this form England should really beat France on Saturday’. I should cocoa. I’ve picked England by 68 points! Kidding, but they should win at a relative canter anyway. Can’t see France dominating anywhere. They won’t get enough ball. If England are confident & go out with intent to do a number on France by going for tries instead of the safety 1st posts (well, if Ford takes over kicking duties maybe?), they could really lay down a marker here. Get their running lines right, get the wide into it & also entering the line & it could be The Little Big Horn again. Just play without fear. If England don’t stick a minimum of 20 on France, there’s something wrong. Should be 30?

    1. Don P I am with you, I cannot see France troubling us too much, had England’s defence been leaking like a damaged Tea Bag i’d be bricking it.

      That being said yes they will be up for it and it will be England’s toughest test yet but there is enough in England’s team to win it with a bit of breathing room for me.

  2. Better mention NZ, otherwise people will think I’m going soft. Namibia really took to the AB’S in the 1st 1/2. Even got to within a point! Starting well is important. NZ must have forgotten. However, didn’t forget how to finish. Namibia don’t really have the skill & accuracy to threaten higher ranked teams, but they gave it a good shot last Sun. They found it progressively harder in the 2nd 1/2 though. Began to sustain casualties as the AB’s opened them up. Overwhelmed in the end. Could be considered a cakewalk judging by the scoreboard, but that was somewhat misleading. What will NZ have gained out of this game? What will other teams think? We’ll see.

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